FNPS is one of the few organizations actively supporting research for conservation of Florida's native plants.

We are proud to have sponsored research that will assist in best managing our unique species and ecosystems. We are also proud to have assisted many young ecologists in their doctoral and masters projects.

Special Project: Liatris seed

FNPS was assisted the Florida Wildflower Foundation by administering a grant to test Liatris species for use as roadside plantings.  The research was completed and the report submitted the the Wildflower Foundation.


Research Track Papers and Poster Presentations

The Florida Native Plant Society Annual Conference is held in May  The Research Track of the Conference includes presented papers and a poster session .  Researchers are invited to submit abstracts on research related to native plants and plant communities of Florida including preservation,…


Research Grants

FNPS annually provides grants for research leading to the conservation of Florida native plants. These grants are funded through donations from our Endowment Fund, from our general membership fees, and from targeted donations from individuals and chapters. Grants are provided based on funding available and on the quality of applications received.

The list below lists the most recent projects that we have funded. Click here for a full list of Endowment Grant recipients.

Understanding how pollination can guide conservation of Spigelia gentianoides, a Federally-listed endangered plant.
Charles Ray (Auburn University, 2019)
Testing species boundaries and inferring the biogeographic history of Stillingia (Euphorbiaceae) in the North American Coastal Plain, with a focus on Florida.
James W. Horn (Florida Gulf Coast University, 2019)
Do prescribed burns control a viral plant pathogen in native and endemic prairie grass species?
Jasmine S. Peters (Cornell University, 2019)
Effects of soil microbiome on growth and dispersal of a native plant (Croton linearis) in a fragmented landscape.
Kasey Kiesewetter (University of Miami, 2019)